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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Rakesh Chand

Rakesh Chand

Postgraduate student - Supervisor Dr Olivier Restif

Title: Epidemiology and control of rabies in Nepal


2015 – graduated vet school in Nepal

2015-2017- veterinary officer at the National Zoonoses and Food Hygiene Research Centre (NZFHRC). Worked towards Rabies, One Health Asia program, national meat policies etc.

2017-2018 (Japan) – TPFAV Program by Japan Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA). Trained towards molecular biology at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) in Tokyo.

2018-2019 (Nepal) –

Consultant - Rabies control program - Himalayan Animal Rescue Trust (HART).

Elected as the executive member for the Nepal Veterinary Association (NVA)

Country lead - “0.30 Rabies Control Project” funded by Making More Health and Boehringer Ingelheim.

Founded (Director) - Center for One Health Research & Promotion- COHRP-Nepal

2019 (France) –internship (6 months) at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) at the Scientific Department for the project on the “International trade of insects and its impact towards animal health”

2019 (UK) – MPhil in Veterinary Science at the University of Cambridge



Subject groups/Research projects

Infection and Immunity:

Research Interests

One Health, epidemiology, Rabies, Zoonoses, AMR

Interested in Zoonotic diseases, their epidemiology, transmission pattern and control.

The social practices and attitude of a community that aid towards the transmission of a disease.





  • Zoonoses
  • Nepal
  • One Health
  • Rabies

Key Publications

  1. Pant, D. K., Tenzin, T., Chand, R., Sharma, B. K., & Bist, P. R. (2017). Spatio-temporal epidemiology of Japanese encephalitis in Nepal, 2007-2015. Plos One (12(7): e0180591).

2. Chand, R. (2015). Rabies awareness in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Australian Veterinary Journal , 93 (11), N18.Chand, R. (2015). Rabies awareness in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Australian Veterinary Journal , 93 (11), N18.